Typecast Book Review

What if your ex wrote a screenplay about your breakup? Even the most secure of people would experience some kind of anxiety over that. In Andrea J. Stein's Typecast, this scenario sends preschool teacher Callie spiraling into her past. It does more than dredge up the past; it makes her question everything about the path [...]

Wherever the Wind Takes Us Book Review

I always know I can count on Kelly Harms for a great story in a gorgeous setting, and her latest novel Wherever the Wind Takes Us doesn't disappoint in any regard. Becca has recently broken free from her toxic marriage to a wealthy man, and is now broke, but in possession of a fancy sailboat. [...]

The Winners Book Review

If you’ve read any other books in the Beartown series, you know what you’re getting into with Fredrik Backman’s latest book and the final book in the series, The Winners.  In the final installment to this series, the residents of Beartown and Hed face extraordinary circumstances. Set two years after the events in Us Against [...]

Weird Rules to Follow Book Review

Weird Rules to Follow by Kim Spencer is a middle grade collection of short vignettes that whisk readers away to the not so distant past, where a bicycle with a banana seat and room on the handlebars was the star of summer. This beautiful novel transports readers to 1980s Prince Rupert, where Mia and her [...]

Well, That Was Unexpected Book Review

Jesse Q. Sutanto's Well, That Was Unexpected is a YA rom-com that hits the mark perfectly. Sharlot's life is turned upside down when her mother finds her in a compromising situation, and subsequently takes her to her mother's birthplace of Indonesia for the summer. Sharlot thinks this is the worst punishment ever... until she discovers [...]

Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake Book Review

Lizzie Blake is a bit of a mess. Her bedroom is a disaster, she's barely hanging on to her job at a fancy bakery, and she is definitely NOT looking to add a love interest to the mayhem that is her life. Lizzie breaks her cardinal rule of only having one night stands upon meeting [...]

Honest June: The Show Must Go On Book Review

I absolutely adored book one in the Honest June series, and I was beyond excited to get an advanced copy of the second book. June is still grappling with Victoria's curse/gift of always telling the truth. This time, she's hiding her desire to star in the school's production of The Wiz from her dad, who [...]

Other Birds Book Review

"Stories aren't fiction. Stories are fabric. They're the white sheets we drape over our ghosts so we can see them." Thus begins Sarah Addison Allen's latest release, the one waited for patiently by legions of loyal fans. From the first sentence on, every reader can rest assured-- it was absolutely worth the wait. I’ve never [...]

This Place of Wonder Book Review

In her latest novel This Place of Wonder, Barbara O'Neal acutely captures the nature of grief, the aching of belonging, and the powerful effect hope and time can have on both. Famed chef Augustus Beauvais dies unexpectedly, leaving behind two daughters, an ex-wife, a girlfriend, and a sagging empire. The women who mourn him are [...]

The Light Always Breaks Book Review

Angela Jackson-Brown's The Light Always Breaks is set in 1940s Washington, D.C. yet (unfortunately, angrily) much of the discourse is still relevant today. Eva Cardon is a successful restaurant owner. This would be impressive on its own, but she's also only 24, Black, and it's 1948. She's using her exceptional business prowess to help feed [...]